Guidance Note for Parents of Children who are Self Isolating

Children can get coronavirus (COVID-19), but they seem to get it less often than adults and it is usually less serious.
Symptoms of Coronavirus in Children The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

• a high temperature • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours

• a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
What to do if your child has symptoms or has been asked to self-isolate by their school: If your child has any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:

1. Get a test to check if they have coronavirus as soon as possible.

Tests can be accessed through the GOV .UK website.

Your GP is unable to order these tests for you.

2. Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get the test result – only leave your home to have a test. Get advice from NHS 111 if you’re worried about your child or not sure what to do.

• For children aged 5 or over – use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service.
• For children under 5 – call 111.
For further information on when it may be appropriate to speak to your GP please follow this link: